Article Applications



Dear Applicant

The closing date for applications for articles (2021) was on 30 April 2020.

Kindly note that the interview process was delayed due to the lockdown period.
  • We have received a record number of 244 applicants for articles for next year.
  • We are currently in the process to shortlist candidates for interviews.
  • Only candidates who qualify for interviews will be notified after the closing date.
  • Should you not receive feedback from us by 20 August 2020, then your application was unfortunately unsuccessful.
We do appreciate the interest shown in STBB.

How many Candidate Attorneys do you recruit on an annual basis?

The number of candidates is linked to the business needs; therefore it could differ from year to year. We are still finalising the numbers for 2021.

Do you guarantee permanent employment after completion of articles?

Based on the high number of Candidate Attorneys which we take on board per annum; we unfortunately cannot guarantee permanent employment after 2 years. Once again, the business needs will determine if any Associate positions would be available.

What are the qualities you look for in an applicant?

  • Vacation work / practical exposure is essential
  • Community work
  • Leadership qualities / Team player
  • Business Writing Skills
  • Ability to speak in public
  • Fairly strong academic records
  • Strong people skills
  • Well-balanced individual with lots of personality, energy & a passion for law!

Do you offer articles at your Gauteng and Western Cape Branches?

  • Yes, we do offer articles at all 4 of our branches in Gauteng, namely Illovo, Bedfordview, Fourways and Centurion.

We also place Candidate Attorneys in the following Western Cape branches:

  • Cape Town
  • Claremont
  • Helderberg
  • Tyger Valley

Do you rotate your Candidate Attorneys during their 2 years of articles

  • Yes, our Candidate Attorneys have 4 rotations during their 2 years of articles at STBB. Should they wish to remain for 12 months in a specific department and the operational requirements can justify that, then we are flexible to accommodate this request.
  • Candidates who have completed the LEAD course are only required to sign a contract for 1 year, but we still recommend that candidates would consider a 2-year contract to obtain the maximum practical exposure to the industry


  • We offer monthly internal training sessions at our head office in Cape Town.
  • We also encourage candidates to attend external workshops as advertised by the Cape Law Society and other credible learning providers

When is the closing date for vacation work ?

  • For the mid-year program, running from 7th of July until 9th of July 2020 the closing date is on the 30th of April 2020.
  • For the summer program, running from 30th of November until 4th of December 2020, the closing date is on the 31st October 2020.

Documents required to apply for articles:

  • Cover letter
  • Summarized CV
  • Certified copy of Identity Document
  • Certified copies of all Degree Certificates
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts
  • Two dated character references / testimonials which are not older than 6 months

Contact details to apply for articles and Vacation Work:

For attention:            Marianne Marais (HR Manager)


Fax number:              (021) 419 6607

Contact Number:     (021) 406 9100

Postal address:         PO Box 395, Cape Town, 8000